NATIVEAM 217 - Introduction to Native American Studies
Section: 005
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Native American Studies (NATIVEAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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May not be repeated for credit.
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What makes a person “native” to “America?” Is being Native American decided by race, kinship, citizenship, or place of origin? Why is there an entire field devoted to this group of people? Why do they keep showing up in Westerns and as sports mascots? Why do they care about pipelines and the Department of the Interior? This course provides a broad overview of the people, the questions, the issues, the history, and the current conversations that comprise Native American (and Indigenous) Studies. We will connect our locations (physical, temporal, cultural, national, familial) with ongoing inquiry into what it means to live within the context of the United States as Indigenous communities. We will explore how those communities live out identity and sovereignty. We will trace developments within Native American and Indigenous Studies to situate our own curiosity within the broader, global field and to better understand the shape of scholarly inquiry in an Ethnic Studies paradigm. In short, we will explore the presence, the persistence, the complexity, and the vitality of Native Americans through an introduction to the scholarly discipline of Native American Studies.

Course Requirements:

Readings will include foundational authors (e.g. Vine Deloria Jr., Gerald Vizenor), more recent significant contributions (e.g. Eve Tuck, Amy Lonetree, Philip Deloria), and cutting edge conversations (e.g. Kim Tallbear, Adrienne Keene, Yvette Nolan). Texts for the course will include a few purchased books, but the majority will be available online or in alternative formats like podcasts, blogs, or online comic books. Students will focus on creating two significant projects, one on past experiences and investments of Native Americans/Native American communities and the other on a contemporary issue of importance to Indigenous people in the U.S. or beyond. Additional assignments will include a book review and small writing assignments (i.e. discussion question preparation, short reflections).

NATIVEAM 217 - Introduction to Native American Studies
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005 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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